IKEA SAFETY: Ikea has issued a warning for customers to securely attach their chests of drawers and wardrobes to the wall following the death of two children in the US, who were crushed by falling furniture.
The Swedish furniture company has joined with the US consumer product safety commission to warn that the chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored. It said a two-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, died in February 2014 when a six-drawer MALM chest fell on him and pinned him to a bed, and a 23-month-old child from Snohomish, Washington, was killed in June 2014 when a three-drawer MALM chest tipped over and trapped him.
The company is now offering a free wall-anchoring kit to consumers who bought 27 million of the furniture items above specific heights, including seven million of the MALM chests. It is also running a safety awareness campaign called “Safer Homes Together – Secure it!” in order to raise awareness of the hazards of furniture tip-over.
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